Cowboys WR coach leaves on stretcher

Updated: July 30, 2011, 7:41 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

SAN ANTONIO -- Dallas Cowboys wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson needed to be carried off the field in a stretcher after getting knocked to the ground during a punt drill on Saturday afternoon at the Alamodome.

Robinson, in his first year with the team after leaving Green Bay, was hit by Teddy Williams who was running down the field on punt coverage.

The team medical staff quickly attended to Robinson and asked for assistance from the emergency medical staff, which attends every practice.

Robinson lay motionless for several minutes and then moved his legs and arms.

"Everything happened so quick," Williams told a trainer. "I tried to stop."

Practice continued before everyone realized what was happening. Dez Bryant returned the next punt, saw the commotion on the sideline, then appeared distraught when he realized it was his position coach. Bryant removed his helmet and dropped to a knee, watching.

Team owner Jerry Jones, vice president Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett soon gathered, too. Several of Jerry Jones' grandchildren who'd been nearby hurried away. The biggest crowd yet in the Alamodome went from clapping and cheering for the littlest reason to complete silence.

Robinson was released from a local hospital Saturday afternoon.

"He was knocked cold and his neck and all the X-rays and all the test, the structure is good, so we're really relieved," Jones said, who added the Robinson also passed a CT scan.

There is a chance Robinson could return to practice on Sunday.

Team officials will move the VIP area near the sidelines further back to create more room along the sidelines.

"We need to move things back and we will," Jones said.

After Robinson left, Williams went into the locker room with trainers. He suffered a hamstring strain and his status is uncertain.

The 58-year-old Robinson is in his first season with the Cowboys, fresh off holding the same job with the Super Bowl champion Packers. He also carries the title of assistant head coach.

Robinson was lured to Dallas by Jason Garrett, a close friend since the early 2000s, when Garrett was a backup quarterback on the New York Giants and Robinson was the club's receivers coach.

Robinson has been an NFL coach since 1990, working for the Falcons, Colts, Giants, Saints and Packers. His star pupils have included Marvin Harrison, Amani Toomer, Joe Horn, Donte Stallworth, Andre Rison, Mike Haynes and the Packers' crew that included Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and the receiving star of the Super Bowl, Jordy Nelson.

Robinson knows what it takes in the NFL because he found a way to make it. Despite being only 5-foot-9, he was a star receiver for Georgia Tech who lasted five seasons in the NFL in the 1970s, mostly with the Giants.

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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